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California Gets $153m More from VW on Dieselgate

In California, VW’s cheating is particularly harmful because California’s air quality is worse than anywhere else in the nation. Ten million Californians live within the nation’s only severe non-attainment areas for ozone pollution, and 12 million live in areas with nation-leading levels of fine particle pollution. Continue reading

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Hoffa: Opioid Use Due to Broken System

Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the U.S. during 2015, a record. The epidemic is straining public services and state budgets. Continue reading

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The Fourth of July 2017

We should celebrate our feisty past today, and honor the men and women of vision and property that created wealth. They established this country starting with the War of Independence, continuing through the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution that is still in place – as fine a document of governance of the people, by the people and for the people that ever existed. Continue reading

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GM Shareholders Reject Greenlight Overwhelmingly

Shareholders of General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) have elected all 11 of GM’s Board nominees with preliminary results also showing that shareholders have rejected Greenlight’s proposal to create a dual-class common stock structure. Continue reading

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Trump on Track for Largest Deficits in U.S. History.

At 77 % of gross domestic product (GDP), federal debt held by the public is now at its highest level since the end of World War II. The Congressional Budget Office in an extremely detailed report concludes that despite considerable uncertainty of long-term projections, debt as a percentage of GDP would probably be greater – likely, much greater – than it is today if current laws remained generally unchanged. Continue reading

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Life Sentences for Maruti Suzuki Workers

The contentious case in India’s notoriously biased courts backed up by violent police forces that favor ownership and the rich, stems from a violent incident at Maruti Suzuki on 18 July 2012 that resulted in the death of a manager. Continue reading

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Digital Media is Dirty, Rife with Kickbacks, Fraudulent Claims

Years – if not decades – of abuse by digital media online ads with fraudulent or inflated traffic claims and ambiguous view-ability standards about how the ads actually appear on screens, have caused national advertisers to demand changes. Continue reading

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Trump Lies – Healthcare Bill Boots 24m, Eventually Keeps 52m from Insurance Because of Tax Cuts for Favored Rich

Look at an analysis by the independent and widely respected Congressional Budget Office that was released his week, and promptly dismissed by Republicans as bogus. In the analysis, the highly respected, independent CBA says that 24 million people – mostly poor – will lose health service while giant, unimaginable tax cuts will go to the supper rich. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Pleads Guilty on Felony Charges in Dieselgate

Volkswagen AG will plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty because of the company’s long-running Dieselgate caper that sold ~590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests. Continue reading

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U.S. Court Grants $14.7 Billion Plea in VW Diesel Fraud Case. Criminal Charges, Fines, Stockholder Lawsuits Outstanding

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer today approved a $14.7 billion partial Consent Decree plea deal between Volkswagen, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (US DOJ) and the U.S. Federal Trade … Continue reading

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More Flood Cars Back in Use – Buyer Beware

“Flood cars are a buyer’s worst nightmare,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. Continue reading

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Long-Time Volkswagen Engineer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Rigging Tests on Dirty Diesels

In the latest setback for beleaguered Volkswagen in the thus far un-ending Dieselgate scandal, a long-time employee – James Robert Liang – pled in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Michigan to criminal charges over his role in rigging results for at least 11 million diesels, thereby defrauding regulators. Continue reading

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GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles from Toxic Crisis

The Flint water crisis, of course, is a sordid chapter in the questionable record of the two-term Republican governor Rick Snyder. General Motors acted disgracefully as well, and was in the middle of it and participated in the coverup of the toxic water supply. Continue reading

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Judge Issues Initial OK of VW Dirty Diesel Settlement

Under the proposed settlement, eligible customers have two choices: (1) they can sell back their vehicle to Volkswagen or terminate their lease without an early termination penalty, or, (2) keep their vehicle and receive a free emissions modification, if approved. Continue reading

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Two Florida Men Guilty in Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud

The co-conspirators received at least $42 million from the sale of these RINs to third parties, and $4,360,724.50 in false tax credits for this fuel. Continue reading

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